NASHVILLE (TSU News Service) – For their planned gifts and established endowments to Tennessee State University, 23 individuals and families received special recognitions from the University administration and Foundation Board during a ceremony in Kean Hall September 27.
The individuals and families, nearly all TSU alumni, have either designated a gift for the institution in their wills and estates or have established “some type” of planned gifts of $10,000 or more to an endowment fund in the TSU Foundation.
“Your generosity speaks volume and goes a long way in ensuring the success of so many of our students,” TSU President Portia Holmes Shields told the honorees, who by their level and type of giving are now members of the TSU Legacy Society, a segment of the President’s Society of donors.
“We thank you and want to let you know that because of you and your help we have been able to beat back many challenges in educating our students, as well as bring about changes and successes in many areas,” she said.
Reminding the honorees about the successful return to “The Hole” and the Tigers’ 4-0 (5-0 after Homecoming game) season, which received thunderous applause, Dr. Shields said, “This is just an example of our many achievements, which no doubt is attributed to your contribution to this institution.”
The honorees were each presented with a crystal vase inscribed with their name.
The new members of the Legacy Society receiving honors were:
Sharon Smith Banks (’73); Mary Carver-Patrick (’68); Terry R. Clayton (’80); Alfred (’57) and Rosa (‘67) Coleman; James L. Dunn (’53); Henry H. Durrell (’51); Edith McGuire (’66) and Charles Duvall (’59); Harold (’59) and Virginia (’59) Farrow; Carrie M. Gentry (’58); Charles F. Hamilton (’59); Ann H. Haynes (’53); and Harvey E. Hoskins (’73).
Other Legacy Society members honored were: Samuel H. Howard; Kim Y. Jefferson (’89); Robert A. Jobe (‘02); Damon Lee Jr. (’35); Frederick J. Liggin (’89); Alvin W. Marley (’68); Amos L. Otis (’65); Joseph L. Perry (’74); Lucinda C. Rucker (’49); John and Better Tanner; and Elizabeth Wortham (’50).
In addition to their planned gifts and endowments to TSU, some of the honorees are longtime givers to the University under different segments of the President’s Society.
“Thank you all for your generous support and the concern you continue to show for this institution and our students,” said Melvin Malone, President of the TSU Foundation Board of Directors. “I also want to thank our leader and President, Dr. Shields for her leadership and personal gifts. She has not only been our leader, she is also members of the Leadership Society of individuals who give to this institution.”
Also recognized at the gathering was former TSU President Melvin N. Johnson, a President’s Society member, during whose administration the Society was initiated.
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